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VOF Week 4: (The World through my eyes: Safer and better place to live in)

It is said that mankind is complex beyond comprehension. I cannot, of course, speak for every other individual on this earth, but I believe that I’m not a very difficult person to understand. My life is based upon two very simple, sweeping philosophies: pragmatism in actions and idealism in thought. I believe utterly in one of those old clichés: we are given only a limited time upon this earth and every moment wasted is lost forever. Therefore, I do not engage in those things that I view as useless. Also, I am a hardcore idealist. I believe that I can change the world, and I intend to. Either one man at a time, or a generation at a time, I will leave my stamp emblazoned upon humanity. I maintain that there lies in a man or for that matter in a woman, the ability to accomplish anything and everything. Nothing is impossible.

My country, which was once a land of peace, is turning into something that is not one inch close to being peaceful. It is disheartening to see that people don’t even have the basic freedom to move without the fear of being robbed, beaten, murdered, and the like. I want to share with my WorldPulse family the night of November 19, 2007. My father was kidnapped by an unidentified group for a ransom of NRs. 2.5 million. We did not know where to get the money from. There was this feeling of desperation. News of this kind is common in my country, where nobody is immune from danger. But when that happened to my father, I realized what this fear is like. My father came back home the next day, thanks to the support of the police, the civil society, and the media. When he was brought back home, he had bruises all over his body, his clothes were torn, and he was drenched in his blood. I did not want to cry, because getting back dad safe and was a blessing in itself. But it broke my heart to see him in that condition. I kept wondering if those people will ever realize what agony they bring to families whose members they kidnap or murder..Owing to that incident, I visualize a country where mothers and wives send their husbands and sons out without the fear of not being able to see them again.
Media is strong-there is no doubt about it. Voices of citizens are many a time suppressed in my part of the world. In the past 7 years, my country has seen so many things-a very few good ones and many not so good ones. The series of misfortune started with the Royal Massacre which was followed by the new king taking over all the powers on February 2005. Followed by this, the April Movement in 2005 (also called the People’s Movement II) took back the powers of the king, and many more. During all these events, the voices of the citizens, and the journalists, were suppressed. People were cut off from the media. News channels were blocked. It was during this time that the journalists rebelled. They started blogging and reached out to the world, giving them all the pieces of information and the news happening in the country. This is when I realized how strong writing can be-what great impact it can make.

As a correspondent, I want to make the voices of the voiceless heard. I want to bring to light the gruesome reality that people here face every day. Being a correspondent will help me to bring a revolution in my country, and the world- a revolution of change. World Pulse is a new generation of Citizenship Journalism-it transcends the social structure and the national borders. My story will not be limited to a few individuals-it will reach out equally to the people of Kenya, as it will be to the people of America.

In a radio interview recently, I was asked what empowerment means to me. It was a difficult question, I tried nevertheless. I said: “Empowerment to me is to be able to speak my mind, without any apprehensions.” I reckon WorldPulse will give me the avenue-day-in, day-out.

Comments

Dear Khubshu,
Sorry to read about your father situation. Though I am far from my country, I read ekantipur daily which made me cry after reading the situation of our country’s people. How is your father now? Who kidnapped him? At present our country peace has kicked out by some group of people. Nepal which is known as 'peace- land of Buddha’ is becoming insecure place where every family has to pray every day to return their members safely from school, job, market etc.
Thanks for bringing out about our country situation. hope to read more from you about our country.
Thank you.
With Love
Sunita

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Khushbu's picture

Thank you Sunita

Hi Sunita

It has been more than one year that my father was kidnapped...we are all trying to get over the entire situation...but its equally traumatic everytime we think of it. We still get threat calls from the kidnappers...i want dad to move out of the place but dad doesnt want to react like a coward...he still stays in Birgunj...facing the reality everyday...my mom gets petrified every day...if he is half an hour late, we are all worried...if he doesnt pick up the phone, it gives us scary thoughts...but in the midst of all these, it is my father who gives us the courage to live each day full of hope....

it is disheartening to see the situation of the country in such doldrums...i wish i could change things...change them for good....i am trying to make every possible difference..PulseWire is the link to my journey..and you all are my inspiration..my confidant in my journey...thank you for being with me in my journey..

Love

Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

jap21's picture

Hardship and social constructions

Dear Kushbu:

This year I learned about something very important: social constructions. These are defined as the degree of different behaviors that is accepted as normal by the population in general. The social construction of Violence is a great example of how humanity, as a whole, has changed the amount of violence that is socially acceptable. The ones to be blamed for this are, by far, politicians who have used their leadership for bombing, killing, destroying and wounding innocent people in the name of their 'revolutions'.

To me, their lust for power has always been their motivation. Period. Anything to make money, or to be famous.

But there is one thing we CAN do: Talk about it. Forums like this one should not only serve to meet new, great friends online, but to also raise voices against this new social construction of violence. We should render it UNACCEPTABLE in all ways, in all terms, in all of stories.

I am with you in your pain. I pray to God that He will keep you strong to stand up and build something new and better out of this nonsense.

Love,

Jackie

PS Your picture is great! Thanks for uploading it.

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Khushbu's picture

You are wonderful

Hi Jackie...

I did not know that there exists anything like social construction...the concept has very succintly explained why there is so much violence...its is such a sad reality....why cant we all live in peace...its ironical that people would want to use the machine power to waste the beautiful life that he/she has been gifted with....I really dont understand...

I am so thankful to you for every word you have written..God has given me so much strength that i amazes me sometimes....i believe it is people around me who give me this courage to fight despite all odds...my WorldPulse family for that matter.....I hope to get such inspiration always....because thats what helps me survive....

Love you loads

Khushbu

(P.S..thank you so much for the compliment about the picture...)

Khushbu Agrawal

gillian's picture

Great Work

Thank you for your determination and optimism. Such a spirit will shape the journalism of tomorrow.

Khushbu's picture

Thank you

Hi Gillian

Thank you for appreciation. I am trying my best to remain optimistic despite everything...and it sure helps...

Cheers

Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

JaniceW's picture

I believe your story will be heard

It will ring out from the peaks of the Himalayas to the Indo-Gangetic plains, from the smallest islands in the Pacific to the shores of South America, from the coasts of the United States to the cities of Europe. It will be heard because voices like yours cannot be silenced. Because you have so many people who believe in you, who will retell your story to anyone who listens, who have faith in the future of Nepal because of women such as yourself.

Each person who reads this post is touched by your courage and holds you in their light. You may never know all of their names or hear their prayers of encouragement but they are there, carrying your spirit high upon their shoulders so that your voice will be heard above the din of discontent. You have read some of these responses and know that you do not stand alone. We cannot be beside you in your fight for justice but we will do what we can to project your voice loud and clear through our community. You inspire me and so many, and I know that one day, you and members such as Sunita, will help transform your country towards a brighter future. My heart and prayers go out to your family. Stay safe and keep us posted.

Hi Janice

I cannot put in words how much you added to my strength through your words....Knowing that people are interested in the story of a girl living far-off in a country with so many problems is such a huge source of motivation....Although you are not here right beside me, your words echoes and tells me that you are there...and i can look upto each of you to transform my country...

Your faith in people like me and Sunita will not go wasted...we assure you of that...we will give everything it takes to bring our vision to fruition....

I really appreciate you writing...

Love

Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

busayo's picture

you are me

Hi khushbu,
I dont know why i have not been opportune to read from your journal until now,we have a lot in common. As i am reading this, it is like i am reading about myself. Thanks for asking me to be your friend, we can gain a lot from each other and achieve a lot together.

With Love
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Khushbu's picture

We are different yet alike

Hi Busayo...

It is great to know that we share similar stories...we didnt get the opportunity to know about each other since we were not connected...this is the reason i wanted to connect to each of the 30 correspondents so that i could know them better....everybody has accepted my request and i aim to get inspired more and more with each unique story...

I look forward to continue this journey with you as a friend..and i am sure i am going to love every bit of it....

Thank you so much..

Hugs
Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

busayo's picture

Me Too

Hello Khushbu,
Thanks very much for being a friend, looking forward to continue the journey with too.

Love you,
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

JaniceW's picture

Congratulations

Khushbu, it is with joy that I see you have advanced to phase two of VOF. Your courage to speak out in a country where oppression and fear rule is admirable, and I know that you will go on to touch many lives in a most positive way. I am so happy that we have been able to provide a plaform for your voice to ring out, and a place to safely connect and discuss the pressing issues of your country. It is an honour to know you and I wish you all the very best with phase two.

Khushbu's picture

Thank you

Hi Janice

I am thrilled to be a part of the phase II, and i owe this achievement to all of you who have inspired and encouraged me to speak my mind....World Pulse has been an amazing forum...when i first joined the space, i thought of it as numerous other online spaces where i am a member..but this is definitely different, and i am here to stay,to voice out,and to make a change....

I am looking forward to this second phase of the journey like nothing before....Thank you tons for the opportunity..

Love
Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

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